Religion briefs: Oct. 22, 2010 |

Religion briefs: Oct. 22, 2010

Sunday Morning Sweat Your Prayers

For thousands of years our ancestors danced to worship, pray, heal and journey into the territory of the heart!

Awaken the spirit within and come move to Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms with music from around the world with DJ Divine.

9:30 a.m. to noon at the South Yuba Club, 555 Searls Ave., Nevada City. $10 to $15. First dance free. No experience necessary.

(530) 477-7757;

The Church of the Essence

Open to the public, Wednesday evenings in October, Thursdays beginning in November.

Come and join our Spiritual Gatherings. We begin at 7 p.m. with free Healings. The evening progresses at 7:15 p.m. with Circulation of the Light through a Guided Meditation followed by the evening presentation. Voluntary sharing and discussion are welcome.

Miners Village, 206 Sacramento St. Suite #207/Re-Connections, Nevada City.

(530) 274-3128, (530) 268-1118,

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us Sunday when Rev. Joe Sloan continues our annual seven-week program on The Intelligent Heart, “The Law Of Forgiveness.” Find out how you can operate the Universal Laws, especially the Law of Forgiveness, to consciously change your life.

Music by Kalyani.

180 Cambridge Court.

“Come change your life with the Universal Laws!”

Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to spirituality based on the teachings of Jesus, while honoring the universal truths in all religions.

Phone (530) 274-2463 or online at

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Wild Mountain Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City.

Oct. 25, David Judd from the Auburn sangha will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a talk.; (530) 272-6425.

Mountain Stream will sponsor two days of lovingkindness practice and discussion led by Margo Cooper and Bruce Kristal, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 in Nevada City and Nov. 7 in Auburn.; (530) 274-1295.

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

For early Christians, there was no false dichotomy such as we see today between the Bible and Holy Tradition. It was never an “either/or” option. Both Scripture and Holy Tradition were received as having been given to the Church by God Himself, the source of all wisdom, through the direct operation of the Holy Spirit.

(530) 265-4714.

Divine Liturgy Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Vespers Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shandera.

E-mail for information on the following: Sacred Feminine Women’s Circle, first Fridays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., donation.

Music Salon Sunday, Nov. 14.

Spiritual mentoring, transformational art classes.

(530) 265-9097,,

Nevada City United Methodist Church

The Gospel Reading for Sunday, Luke 18:9-14. Join us at the 9 a.m. traditional or 10:30 a.m. contemporary service and listen to an enlightening message by Pastor Charles Smith. Children’s Christian Education Classes, during 10:30 a.m. service with childcare all morning. Fellowship follows services in Fellowship Hall. Visit our Craft Fair Corner with fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving items.

If you miss service, watch it on Channel 11 6:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday or at

Covenant Reformed Church

Hospitality Sunday, “The Message of Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ,” 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Rev. Joseph Vacchiano, speaker, Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.

A fellowship luncheon will be served after the service.

Covenant Reformed Church, 407 W. Main St., Grass Valley. (530) 273-6280.

Foothill Center for Spiritual Living, Auburn

We are a community that values and supports each other in our spiritual awakening. We are committed to practical spirituality for everyday living. Our activities are grounded in faith, nurtured with love and guided by Spirit. Celebrate with us, 10 a.m. Sundays, 15-minute Heart Centering Meditation followed by 10:30 a.m. service – this Sunday our spiritual leader Rev. Maggie Buck’s talk is “The Gift of Community!”

2945 First St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn. For directions, visit or call (530) 823-6986.

Gold Country Calvary Chapel

Join us in worship and learning God’s word. 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Pastor Mike Warren teaches New Testament. Children’s Sunday school, nursery care, same time. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Old Testament teaching. Child care available. 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Women’s Bible study. 7 p.m. Mondays, Men’s Bible study.

Christianity is not a religion but a relationship between you and Jesus Christ.

13026 La Barr Meadows Road. (530) 274-2108, Tuesday through Friday.

New Covenant Baptist Church

Satan doesn’t usually hit us with a frontal attack. It’s the little landmines that do the most damage. They’re hidden below life’s surface. At the slightest misstep you find yourself flown off the path, feeling separated from God and His blessings, humiliated, estranged from love and respect of friends and family.  

Sunday, Pastor Randy continues this series on jealousy and envy. 

Sundays, 12582 Squirrel Creek: LifeGroups, 9 a.m.; Worship, 10:45 a.m. (children’s church, childcare provided.) or (530) 274-8516.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Sunday Pastor Don Lee’s message: “Being Faithful: The Widow’s Mite.”

Adult classes: “Faith and American Politics,” 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays with Cathy Tolman, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays with Fred Skeen.

Bible study with Pastor Don Lee: 2 to 3 p.m. Fridays.

We host Hospitality House on Tuesdays.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church, 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley offers two services: 9 a.m. contemporary, 10:30 a.m. traditional. 9 a.m. Sunday school.

(530) 268-6907 and

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard. Her talk is “Recharging our Inner Resources.” Enjoy music with Gracie MacKenzie and special guest Marcy Baruch at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. service. Junior Church, 11 a.m.

Marcy is hosting an afternoon workshop; see our website for details.

We are an interfaith community committed to awakening humanity to its spiritual magnificence and our vision is “Celebrating Our Oneness In Spirit.”

119 Florence Ave., Grass Valley. For more information visit or call (530) 274-1018.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

“What is Holy.”

The word “holy” usually refers to something that is separate from the mundane world, something associated with the Divine. Yet Unitarian Universalists often speak of the indwelling “spark of the Divine” in every person and the sacredness of the natural world. What do liberal religious people mean when they call something holy? This service is an exploration of the sacred and holy. The choir will sing for us today!

Service, childcare, religious education, 11 a.m.

274-1675,, 246 Church St., Grass Valley.

Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS)

How should we approach the Lord? With pride and self-righteousness as the Pharisee did? With humility, as the common man did? Our Gospel lesson, from the book of Luke, will give us some insights on how to have the right heart to speak to God.

Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:30 a.m. Education; 11:30 a.m. Praise.

Bible studies: 10:30 a.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. Wednesday; Friday in Penn Valley.

KNCO Lutheran Hour: 7:30 a.m. Sundays.

(530) 273-7043;

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Pastor Mark will be in part one of his “He Still Does Miracles” series, titled

“Turning Troubles into Triumphs.” Contemporary service, 9 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Blended service, 11 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Sunday school for adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided.

Join us Wednesdays for dinner from 4:45 to 6 p.m. in the Upper Fellowship Hall. Prayer, Bible studies, children’s activities and youth group follow.

Call (530) 273-7301 or visit

The Rock on the Ridge

Our series is called “What are the angels?” and is based on, Angels are spirits, who serve God, and are sent by God, to help serve them that shall receive salvation, through the word of the truth of the gospel of Yeshua the Messiah.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday as Jonathan Steel delivers the Message: “A Psalm of Perspectives” from Psalm 90. Our services are at 9 a.m. – traditional and 10:30 a.m. – contemporary, with a pancake breakfast following both. Children and youth programs and healing prayer are offered at all services.   

Adult Sunday Seminars are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. 

Visit We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Phone (530) 265-3291.

St. Patrick’s Church

More Adventures in Life in the Spirit seminar by Phyllis Burdick, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23, in the large hall at St. Patrick’s Church. The topic will be the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Burdick has served as a Bible study teacher, counselor, mentor, Aglow president, leader of Women’s Church Ministries, Prayer Coordinator and Worship leader. She is active in the Charismatic Renewal and loves to share the joys of the Spirit-filled life. 

Bring a lunch.  

(530) 274-4450; (530) 432-2625.

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